December 2012 Powderhorn-Phillips community calendar



Minneapolis South High School Class AA Boys’ Soccer Athlete Named To Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team

Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School league (MSHSL), announced that Noah McGurran of Minneapolis South High School has been named to the Class AA Boys’ Soccer All-Tournament Team.
The award recognizes student athletes who demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Sixteen awards are presented in Boys’ Class AA Soccer.

Park Board Discussing Reduced Hours

According to Scott Vreeland, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner, District # 3:
“As part of our budget discussions for the 2013 budget, the Superintendent’s draft budget includes reducing hours at Brackett Park and five of our other smaller recreation centers. These would be cuts in public hours that the buildings would be open, but not affect scheduled programs, classes or rec plus. The proposed reductions would be from approximately 28.5 current hours to 14 hours per week. Before this decision would be made, there should be discussion with the neighborhood and park users about how this would affect the community. The idea that we would reduce hours to deal with budget constraints is certainly a possibility I would consider, but I would prefer to look system-wide at where these reductions would have the least impact. I am also concerned that there isn’t a lot of time between now and when a final budget decision will be voted on Dec. 12, 2012 for a full discussion with the neighbors about reduced hours.”

Silver Ribbon Campaign at South High School Wins NAMI Award

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota presented the Silver Ribbon Club (SRC), at South High School in Minneapolis with an Anti-Stigma Award at its annual conference held in St. Paul on Nov. 3. The award recognizes an organization or individual for outstanding efforts to reduce stigma that leads to discrimination, shame, and hopelessness. The SRC was formed 10 years ago by two high school students with the support of the school social worker, Eva Neubeck.

Venture Academy to Locate on Lake Street

Venture Academy is one of the 20 winners of the Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave IIIa competition, which includes a $150,000 planning grant. The families of more than 130 entering sixth-graders have completed intent to enroll forms to date for the future Minneapolis public charter school. It will be Minnesota’s first 6 – 12 school designed with a blended digital learning program to cultivate innovators and entrepreneurs. The school is planning for a location in South Minneapolis on Hiawatha and East Lake Street by August 2013.
Kerry Muse, one of California’s top blended-learning educators has been chosen to lead Venture Academy. In his previous role at KIPP Bridge charter school in California, Muse initiated a pilot partnership with Khan Academy to design and implement a personalized, blended online math program that transformed the school into one of California’s highest performing, high-poverty urban middle schools. He’s also responsible for the school’s highest recorded fifth grade math results in 2010-11, and helping a record-setting 90% of his sixth grade students pass the state’s proficiency exam in 2012.


Considering Solar Electric? Now is the Time

Tuesday, Dec 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Seward Co-op
29th & Franklin Avenues
Until Dec. 15, participants in the Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) Grow Solar program can access both the benefits of bulk buying and the upcoming 2013 solar rebate programs for unprecedented cost savings. Financing programs are available to help cover upfront costs until the rebates and tax credits kick in. CEF will be hosting workshops to provide an overview of how an energy cooperative works, its solar and insulation bulk-buying programs, and how you can get involved. For more information, contact Brendan Pierce, 612-568-2334.

Food in the Parks

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Nokomis Rec Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is developing a plan to engage with urban agriculture. It seeks public input as it defines the contributing role of the parks, identifies partnership opportunities, and recommends strategies to enhance services.
Questions? Contact Giner Cannon, Park Planner, or 612-230-6413.

Twin Cities Residents Invited to Help Make History

Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. to Noon & 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul 55111
What do you want to accomplish with history funds from Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment over the next 20 years? The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) will ask Twin Cities residents that question at the two listening sessions listed above (the first for people working in the history field and the second for the general public) To RSVP call Nancy Franke Wilson at 763-360-3875.

Occupy Our Homes

Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.
3712 Columbus Ave. S.
On the anniversary of the national Occupy Homes movement we will return to the home of Bobby Hull, a U.S. Marine who made international news by fighting for his home and winning, to share food and honor the victories of the past year.
From there we will march to a vacant home in the neighborhood to move in a family made homeless by the greed of Wall Street and the big banks, affirming the human right to safe and equitable housing for all.
Guest appearances by Brother Ali and other special artists.

Human Rights: Not a Justification for War!

Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church’s parking lot, Franklin and Nicollet Ave.’s
Join us the weekend before International Human Rights Day as we gather to say NO to the U.S. using human rights to justify wars and sanctions. The reality is that warfare kills civilians, erodes rights, and sets back women’s rights by decades. We will have a short rally at Franklin and Nicollet followed by a community march ending with an indoor rally at The Nicollet, 1931 Nicollet Ave. Organized by the Anti-war Committee. Endorsed by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Joe Callahan Support Committee, MN Peace Action Coalition, and Women Against Military Madness.

Candle Light Vigil: International Human Rights Day

Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Corner of Snelling and Grand Avenues, St. Paul 55105
The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, a group of young people in Afghanistan who live with the reality of war and deprivation, are appealing to people around the world to join with them in lighting two million candles in a call for an end to the war in Afghanistan. The candles represent the two million victims of wars in Afghanistan. Organized by Women Against Military Madness, Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign. Co-sponsors: Pilgrims for a just Peace of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Veterans for Peace. For more info visit the website, call 612-522-1861 or 651-647-0580.

Transit for Livable Communities End of the Year Event

Thursday, Dec. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Join TLC to get a look at their legislative agenda in 2013, help brainstorm about member events for the coming year and share a meal with friends. Dinner will be provided so please RSVP to Whitney Lawrence at or 651-789-1406 if you plan to join us or have any questions. We are located near the following bus routes: 21, 63 and 65.

Twin Cities German Immersion School Information Sessions

1745 University Ave. W., St. Paul 55104
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
This charter school is a K-8 public public charter school that values high academic achievement and engages each individual child through an enriched foreign-language curriculum. Meet the director and hear an overview of the teaching philosophy, curriculum, schedule and enrollment process. The lead kindergarten teacher will present how children adjust to an immersion environment and experience a typical school day. Parents are shown classrooms and have time to ask questions. To register contact the school office at 651-492-7106 or

Art Music Dance Theater Community Museums

Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 W. Lake St.
Art Formally Known as Prints
This winter’s artist cooperative exhibition features the work of 29 local printmakers currently working in Highpoint’s facilities.
Opening Reception & Sale, December 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
December 7 to January 26

Lake Street YWCA

2121 E. Lake St.
Women’s Art Festival
More information on this event at
December 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater

1600 Grand Ave. St. Paul 55105
Face to Face
These new works by students, faculty, and guest artist Luke Olson-Elm consider our experience of connection and disconnection, in solitude and in relationship.
For ticket information call 651-696-6359.
December 7, 7:30 p.m.
December 8, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Bell Museum Theater

10 Church St. S.E.
Beneath the Blindfold
Beneath the Blindfold is a new doncumentary that sensitively paints a holistic portrait of the experiences of torture survivors and their path to healing after torture. The filmmakers, a local survivor featered in the film, and local human rights leaders will lead an audience discussion immediately after screening. This event is cosponsored by the Advocates for Human Rights, the Center for Victims of Torture, he Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center.
December 10—International Human Rights Day

Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Ave.
The Renegades; American Avant-Garde Film
Six films that transformed our experience of cinema.
Showing in the Burnet and Perlman Galleries.
Now on view through January 6

The Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 55102
Kwanzaa Family Day
Celebrate family, community and culture. This year, the celebration falls on the fourth day of Kwanzaa and highlights Ujamaa, or “Cooperative Economics,” which focuses on building and maintaining African American stores, shops and other businesses.
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
December 29, noon to 4 p.m.
The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Exhibit
“No series of events in Minnesota history is as important as the chain of events that led to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and its terrible aftermath,” said Stephen Elliott, Minnesota Historical Society Director and CEO. “These shocking events are central to the story of Minnesota. They produced historical traumas that still echo in those living today.”
Through September 8, 2013

The Whiskey Junction

901 Cedar Ave.
Sweet Relief Hurricane Sandy Benefit
A benefit for the Sweet Relief Hurricane Sandy Fund featuring performances by local musicians: Joe Fahy and the Bottom 40, the Lanes, Tim Casey and the Martyrs along with Steve West and the Northern Stars with Special Guests. Please contact Steve West at or go to for more information
Suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door.
December 7, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Lee’s Liquor Lounge

101 Glenwood Ave.
Crankshaft’s 2nd Annual Canned Food Drive (21+)
This afternoon event will feature an outstanding lineup of local roots bands including Davina and the Vagabonds, The Jack Brass Band, Poverty Hash, and Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. 100% of the cover charge will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland, Each $10 donation provides 36 meals to those in our community who need them most. Non-perishable food donation is also encouraged and will be collected at the door.
$10 cover charge ($8 with food donation)
December 8, 2 to 6 p.m.

Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave.
The Art of Ending Homelessness
The Art of Ending Homelessness is a fundraiser for St. Stephen’s Human Services. The show includes music by Spider John Koerner, Charlie Parr and Colin Monette in addition to readings by Ethna McKiernan, Michael Lee, Carolyn Holbrook, Aundria Morgan and Lawrence David. There will be a pre-show reception at 7 p.m. with artists, poster signing and preferred seating.
Tickets are $15 ($25, pre-show reception).
December 15, doors 7:30 p.m., show 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Black Forest Inn Restaurant

1 E. 26th St.
The Dragon in the Christmas Tree
Author Patrick Ledray will share his story about Sparky the dragon who follows two young children home, finds a hiding spot and falls asleep before anyone sees him. When Sparky wakes up he is trapped inside and the children discover the tiny creature, how they react is the most important message in the book. Twenty percent of the day’s food sales will be donated to the Soo Visual Arts Center (SooVAC) in Minneapolis.
December 7, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pillsbury House Theatre

35th and Chicago
Naked Stages
The show is the culmination of a seven-month training fellowship that provides emerging performance artists with the time, resources and mentorship they need to bring their distinctive visions to life on stage. Their final performances are raw, real and completely original.
Aklound Sowell by Ahanti Young &
bagman by David T. Steinman
December 5 – 8, 7:30 p.m. by Jeffry Lusiak &
Devon by Zoe Sommers Haas
December 12 – 15, 7:30 p.m.


Networking with the Lake Street Council

Join us at Harriet Brewing’s Tap Room on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate and network with the Lake Street community! You can look forward to a tour of Harriet Brewing, free appetizers from Gandhi Mahal, fantastic door prizes and special guests representative Jim Davnie and Senator Patricia Torres Ray. Tickets are free, to RSVP contact Zoeana at 612-822-1912 or

Public Hearings on Proposed 2013 Budget

The City Council will hold a public hearing to give folks a chance to comment on the proposed 2013 budget. Wednesday Dec. 12, the hearing will take place at 6:05 p.m. at City Hall, 350 S. 5th St. room 317. To learn more about the proposed 2013 budget process visit